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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Preparations for the 150th commencement ceremony at the University of Arizona are already underway.

Arizona Stadium field is now transformed into a graduation set that expects to wow tens of thousands of guests Saturday night.

Crews assembled the set on Wednesday but began work as early as Sunday, according to university officials.

What exactly is in store remains to be seen but surprises after the ceremony are in the works.

"We don't want to give away too much. We just want students to know we really value them as students and as new alums at the university," said Associate VP of Student Affairs Kasey Urquidez.

More than 4,000 students expect to participate at the ceremony Saturday night with around 36,000 more family members, guests and community members that have RSVP'd, Urquidez said.

It is the second commencement that will be held at Arizona Stadium. Girl Scouts CEO and UA alumna Anna Maria Chávez will deliver the keynote address to students.

Smaller convocations already began on-campus. The Chicano Hispanic Student Affairs graduation ceremony took place at Centennial Hall on Wednesday.

Restaurant managers at Fuku Sushi at Main Gate Square will offer bottomless mimosas on Saturday as their way of saying congratulations.

The staff will get to work as early as 5:30 a.m. to prepare for their biggest money-making weekends of the year.

"Then business pretty much slows down for us so it's good, we try to help the students as much as we can while they're here," manager Matt Serventi said.

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